Lawmakers and community members launch campaign publicizing health benefits for 9/11 survivors.
First responders, workers and residents of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn still feeling the effects of 9/11 may be eligible for financial relief. But they only have until October 3rd to register claims with the September 11th Victims Compensation fund.
Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Jerold Nadler joined with community organizers on Monday to launch an outreach campaign publicizing this deadline. With only 100 days left for victims to file claims they encouraged people to file claims as soon as possible.
John Feal, 9/11 responder and founder of the Feal Good Foundations said it's important to spread word about the fund. “Everybody needs to share information,” he said. “And keep the 9/11 community and those who suffer in their best interest at the end of the day to make sure that these people get what they deserve.”
The September 11th Victim’s Compensation Fund and World Trade Center Health Program were created by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The Zadroga law was passed in 2010 to provide health care to those injured at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, PA.
According to the lawmakers, tens of thousands of people are eligible for assistance.
Applications to file claims for aid may be found at www.cdc.gov/wtc